Hawks’ Korver picked for USA Basketball roster pool
The most consistent three-pointer shooter in NBA history is getting a chance to put his game on display for the world.
The Hawks’ Kyle Korver is one of 28 players selected to the USA Men’s National Team pool. It’s a group from which the 2014 USA World Championship Team and — should the United States qualify — the Olympic squad will be picked from.
"It’s an honor to have the opportunity to represent my country," Korver said. "I’m excited to be a part of the national team program and will be ready to compete this summer."
Korver is the fourth Hawks player to represent USA Basketball, joining Joe Johnson (2006 World Championships and 2006-08 Senior National Team Program), Steve Smith (1999 FIBA-Americas team) and Jason Terry (2001 Goodwill Games).
No Atlanta player has ever been a part of an Olympics team.
Joining Korver on the USA National Team are Olympic medalists Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James, Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Tyson Chandler, Anthony Davis, Kevin Durant, James Harden, Andre Iguodala, Kevin Love, Russell Westbrook and Dwight Howard. Blake Griffin, who was named to the 2012 Olympic team but unable to participate due to injury, is also back.
Stephen Curry, Derrick Rose, Chandler, Durant, Iguodala, Love and Westbrook return after winning 2010 FIBA World Championship gold.
Rounding out the roster are LaMarcus Aldridge, Bradley Beal, DeMarcus Cousins, Andre Drummond, Kenneth Faried, Paul George, Gordon Hayward, Kyrie Irving, Davie Lee, Kawhi Leonard, Damian Lillard and Klay Thompson.
Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski headlines a staff that includes Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim, the Bulls’ Tom Thibodeau and the Pelicans’ Monty Williams.
"This is the first step of building the USA Basketball National Team pool of players for 2014-16," said USA Basketball Chairman and National Team Managing Director Jerry Colangelo. "This roster is extremely talented, deep and versatile.
"We are very fortunate to have 11 of the 12 members who won gold at the London Olympics wanting to be part of the national team program again. To receive that kind of commitment is remarkable and it demonstrates how much it means to our players to represent USA Basketball and their country.
Korver, in his second season with the Hawks, is averaging 12.2 points, 2.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 35.0 minutes per game. Third in the league in three-point shooting (45.7 percent), Korver has hit a trey in 110 consecutive games, an NBA record.
He is 11th in history with a 42.2 three-point percentage and is 23rd all-time with 1,423 made threes.